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RATINGS: 205   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Originally brewed and bottled for the 2001 National Craft Brewers Conference-a private bottling & release with no distribution. A second batch, Charlie Redux was brewed with very limited distribution. 2005 is the hat-trick batch, Charlie 1981 returns for a third time as part of John's Locker Stock!

Charlie 1981 is an unfiltered strong ale, it exhibits massive bitterness and a firm malt backbone. Hedonistic! Brewed using Pale Malt, Munich and Crystal 40 malts, Horizon, Sterling and Amarillo Hops. Estimated measurements are: 18.2 degrees Plato (OG), 3.5 Degrees Plato (TG), 75 IBU's, 8.5% ABV. Prost!

Charlie 1981 is named in honor of Charlie Papazian, president of the Association of Brewers, founder of the American Homebrewers Association and homebrewing guru. John Maier, Brewmaster for Rogue Ales, made his first batch of beer in 1981 using Papazian's influential book "The New Complete Joy of Homebrewing."


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 28, 2003
No idea when this was brewed, but this 12 oz. bottle was purchased today...Anyway, murky dark orange, slightly hazy; Small collapsing head that leaves a lace ring. Piney, citrusy aroma but with some deeper ripe plum and pear notes. Nice bitterness but a stemmy/green flavor rests in mid palate, not intense but enough to knock the balance off a little...too much greeen vegetal matter in the brew kettle for too long. Nice deep fruit and hop bitter finish, off dry. Pretty good barleywine American style.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - MAY 21, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2003 Bottle:Hazy,chestnut. Medium head,with with heavy carbonation. Very,hoppy aroma(pine,citrus).After sitting awhile,toffee,german-malt aromas arise. Mouthfeel is sharp,but smoothes out by mid-bottle.Big body with decent malt flavors,and a big bitterness before the finish.Finish is semi-sweet with very big leafy,sappy hop notes.Not as malty as the Redux,and MUCH more hoppier.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2003
Lots of floral hops, clean and light nose. Pale amber/orange body, a thin clingy head. Hintas of citrus run throughout. Intense floral/citrus and resinous/piney flavors all over. Some dry barley on the finish among the alcohol. cleans up very well, and has great balance. A solid brew for sure.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - APR 2, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2003 Deep amber in color rocky head, nice lacing. What an aroma, pine, malt and apples. Wow what a great beer I can taste a bit of pine similar to that in a mango, rich malt flavors, a bit of apple pie. Flavor overload, can no longer describe but hops also abound. Hey this is a Belgian isn’t it? If you can find this stuff get it if you like an ultra flavorful beer this is a great one. Re-rate just had one on tap. Less of a malt profile still a very good beer but no longer a 4.9. Go with the bottle if you have a choice

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2003 Had this on tap at the Rogue house in Portland (I was rather surprised to see it actually). Very nice hop presence: strong hints of freshly cut grass and juniper. There is also a nice malt presence that coats the palate thouroughly, although the bitter cloying gets to be a bit much after a while. I had only a 4 oz. taster of this, but an entire pint would really do a number on the senses and there's something to be said for lasting power.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2003
Very bitter, but not like an ipa at all. Lots of wooden/oaky tastes in the palate. Not too malty or complex, but a decent beer no less.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - MAR 18, 2003
extreme citrus hop aroma, dark orange cloudiness, fruity hops meld into an alcohol sweetness, big time bitters but they take a back seat, an awesome score at the brewery!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2005 re-rate: draught...nice looking, dark chestnut & frosty looking..covered by solid tan froth. It has a mature IPA aroma showcasing the dry apricot and other fruit notes of the malts and the refined resiney character of the hops. Thick mouthfeel with a refined combination of hops and malts showing superior bitterness as well as delicious dried fruit notes. This is a big beer, and quite tasty IMO.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TAR (2499) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2004 Rocky foam, which leaves nice lacework, abounds the pure deep copper liquid. Intense round pine cone aroma with loads of sappiness and underlying notes of butter, jammy malts, spice cake, concord grape, and coconut. This tells me right away that this will be soft and chewy. Amazing initial flavors of piney goodness, numbing to the palate, followed by mint leaf and dryness. The finish is hop, orange rind heavy with a notable emphasis on the Crystal malt, as well. Hop burps are immense! The texture and feel uncannily resemble raw mint leaf; dry and vaporous. I had the expectation for this to be this good. This ingeniusly keeps within the boundaries of a Barleywine and Imperial IPA. My new favorite American Strong Ale. Bring this back, Mr. Maier.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
herbstress3 (221) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - SEP 25, 2002
Judging by the color I thought it would be an amber, then i tasted it... and it tastes like a very bitter IPA... but sweet too. Nice combo. Yeah Rogue!


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